Thursday 30

CHILDREN OF DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP, for children dealing with divorce or separation of their parents, groups meet for 9, 10 or 12 weeks, sponsored by the National Family Resiliency Center, students in grades 3-5, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays; grades 6-8, 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays; grades 1 and 2, 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays; grades 9-12, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 2000 Century Plaza, Suite 121, Columbia. Sliding fee based upon income level, $10-50; major health insurance plans accepted; registration required. 410-740-9553.

Friday 1

ELLICOTT CITY BRIDGE PROGRAM, play and improve duplicate bridge skills, bring a bag lunch, coffee and tea available, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays, Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7279.

LIBRARY STORY TIMES, for adults and children ages 1 and older, drop-in programs with songs, games and other activities; adults and children ages 2 and older, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Fridays, through Nov. 12, Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, 410-313-5085; children ages 1-6 accompanied by an adult, 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Fridays, through Nov. 26, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel, 410-880-5978. Free.

ELLICOTT CITY READING PROGRAM, for children ages 3-4 accompanied by an adult, beginning literacy techniques and activities, 10:30 a.m. Fridays, through Oct. 22; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 23, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-313-1955.

COLUMBIA PERFORMING ARTS WORKSHOP, for actors, dancers and musicians, taught by Debbie Killian, learn about the Alexander Technique, intended to reduce tension and stress, and to produce an improved and efficient use of the body, sponsored by the Howard Community College Dance Department, 2-4 p.m., 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Dance Studio (A020), next to Outback Theatre, Columbia. $10; students, free; registration required. 410-772-4940.

Saturday 2

COLUMBIA CHILDREN'S YOGA CLASS, for ages 3-5, an introduction to yoga based on the Radiant Child Yoga Program, which uses imaginary animals and stories; learn about breathing awareness, mind and body fitness and more, sponsored by the Long Reach Community Association, 9:30-10 a.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 20, Stonehouse, Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Ct., Columbia. $84; registration required. 410-730-8113.

CHILDREN'S LIBRARY PROGRAMS, for children in preschool through early elementary school years accompanied by an adult, stories and songs, 10 a.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 20, Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, 410-313-7880; 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 20, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, 410-313-7730. Free; registration required.

COLUMBIA ACTING WORKSHOPS, for ages 13-18, previous acting experience not required, bring a bag lunch, workshops end with a Nov. 20 showcase, sponsored by the Rep Stage Actors' Institute at Howard Community College;

* "Fight Call," learn the fine and safe art of stage combat, such as selling a punch and how to fight with a quarterstaff, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays-Nov. 20;

* "Get Into Character," learn about the essentials of character development through exercises, improvisation, monologues and scene study in a small group, 1-2:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 20.

Classes held at 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. "Fight Call," $190; "Get Into Character," $175; both classes, $315; registration required. 410-772-4587 or www.howardcc.edu/rsai.

COLUMBIA BOOK DISCUSSION, "Special Interest," a novel by Chris Benson, sponsored by the Black Fiction Book Club, 1 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; registration required. 410-313-7700.

LAUREL RUBBER STAMP DECORATING, learn correct tools and techniques for home decorations using rubber stamps on fabric, walls and wood and ceramic surfaces, 2 p.m. Saturdays,, through Oct. 16, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5980.

Sunday 3

COLUMBIA BOOK-BINDING CLASS, learn how to design book covers using traditional, accordion and Japanese sewing styles, sponsored by the Columbia Association Art Center, 2-4 p.m., Sundays, through Nov. 14, Columbia Association Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth. $100; Columbia residents, $90; registration required. 410-730-0075.

Monday 4

ELLICOTT CITY LATIN STORY TIME, for ages 6-9, Latin-American stories and activities, 4:30 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1955.

COLUMBIA PREGNANCY HEALTH TALK, "Maybe Baby: Health Issues to Consider Before Pregnancy," sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, 7-8:30 p.m., Sheraton Columbia Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-740-7601 or www.hcgh.org.

COLUMBIA SENIORS DANCE CLASS, soul line-dancing, 7 p.m. Mondays, East Columbia 50-Plus Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way. $3, per class; Four classes, $10; registration required. 410-313-7680.

COLUMBIA BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother," by James McBride, sponsored by the new Reading for Real: Quarterly Nonfiction Club, 7 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7860.

COOKSVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Hours: A Novel," by Michael Cunningham, sponsored by the Contemporary Fiction Book Club, 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

COOKSVILLE STARGAZING, for all ages, view stars and planets through powerful telescopes, weather permitting, sponsored by the Howard Astronomical League, 7:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

Tuesday 5

ELKRIDGE LIBRARY PROGRAM, for children ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult, discuss math concepts and children's literature, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, through Oct. 26, Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free; registration required. 410-313-5085.

CIVIL WAR WOMEN PORTRAYAL, for wives of active or retired military personnel of all branches, their families and guests, a portrayal of women who lived through the Civil War, from letters, diaries and recorded stories; a meeting of Fort Meade Retired Officers' Wives Club, 11 a.m., Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Rd., Fort George Meade. $10; registration required by Sept. 30. 410-674-8289.

VISION SUPPORT GROUP, a program for those with low vision, sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging, 1-2:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7466.

CONDO HOMEOWNER WORKSHOP, learn about rights and responsibilities for condominium homeowners, cooperatives, and homeowner associations [HOA] under Maryland law, "How to Keep Yourself and Your Condo/HOA Out of Court," sponsored by Maryland Homeowners' Association, 7-9:30 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 301-596-1097.

Wednesday 6

LAUREL BIRDING, for ages 16 and older, a guided hike in search of birds in refuge habitats, field guides and binoculars are recommended, 8-10 a.m. Wednesday; 8-10 a.m. Oct. 17; 7-9 a.m. Oct. 20, Patuxent Research Refuge, National Wildlife Visitor Center, off Powder Mill Road, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

BLOOD-PRESSURE SCREENINGS, for seniors ages 55 and older and their friends ages 18 and older, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks and Howard County General Hospital, 9:15-10:45 a.m. the first Wednesday and third Friday of each month, Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7279.

COOKSVILLE SENIORS BOOK DISCUSSION, "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America," by Barbara Ehrenreich, sponsored by retired women members of Western Howard County Seniors Book Club, 10 a.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

COLUMBIA STAINED GLASS CLASS, for beginners, learn how to create a stained glass panel; most materials, except glass, included in fee, sponsored by Columbia Association Art Center, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, through Nov. 17, Long Reach Village Center, 6100 Foreland Garth. $145; Columbia residents, $135; registration required. 410-730-0075.

LAUREL NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 3-4, an introduction to mammals, an interactive program, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, National Wildlife Visitor Center, off Powder Mill Road, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

ELLICOTT CITY COMMUNITY BOOK TALK, discussion of culinary histories, mysteries and food-related books, facilitated by Howard County Library staff members, books available for borrowing, 1:30 p.m., Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1950.

ELLICOTT CITY GARDENING TALK, a master gardener will discuss bulb gardening practices for fall planting, 7 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-313-1950.

Thursday 7

NEWCOMERS CLUB COFFEE, for Howard County residents, meet new friends, club activities include arts and crafts, a book club, games and trips, sponsored by the Newcomers Club of Howard County, 10 a.m., New Hope Lutheran Church, 8575 Guilford Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-961-3545.

BREAST-FEEDING SUPPORT GROUP, for pregnant women, infants and toddlers welcome, discussion of "Sleep Issues," sponsored by the La Leche League of Columbia, 10 a.m. the first Thursday of each month, Grace Community Church, 9180 Rumsey Rd., Columbia. Free. 443-857-3738.

ELLICOTT CITY HISTORY DISCUSSION, preservation advocate Joetta Cramm, author of the recently revised "A Pictorial History of Howard County," tells stories and presents facts about Howard County, particularly Ellicott City, 7 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-313-1950.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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